Those who have served in wars note the changing attitudes over time
What should you do on Veterans Day? It's simple. Say thank you.
Say it to the men and women who have served your country in the past, who are serving in the present and who will serve in the future.
Vietnam War veteran Bob LaDuke said that saying thank you is the best way to honor veterans Wednesday, Nov. 11.
LaDuke, of Colonie, said that every year on Veterans Day, he thinks about the men and women who are currently serving the country and what they are going through. Then, he takes some time to reflect on what he has gone through after serving for three years in the Army.
Every year he remembers a promise he made to himself one day in Vietnam.
"When I was in Vietnam, I made myself an oath that if I got home, that I would be an advocate and do different things to help people," he said.
LaDuke said he has so far fulfilled that oath by being part of the Colonie Veterans Project, a group of Colonie veterans that work to bring greater veterans services to the town, as well as being involved in many community outreach programs and working closely with individual area veterans to ensure a smooth transition from their time in service back to general society.
On Veterans Day, LaDuke said he would like to see everybody recognize the hard work of those who have served by learning more about the meaning of the holiday.
"Veterans Day, it's a holiday that people forget," he said. "We lost the meaning of it. Some people use it as a day to shop."
LaDuke said he feels that many have forgotten how America was founded.
"I think what the country has lost sight of was how our country was made. Our country was made from a war," he said.